MONDAY, JULY 4
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. 3 The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.
Romans 8:1-3 (NLT)
CELEBRATING FREEDOM: OUR FREEDOM WASN’T FREE
One of the terms used often during the Olympics by television sports commentators is dual citizenship. One athlete with dual citizenship was a swimmer named Martin Zubero. He was born in the United States, where he has lived nearly all his life. He attended the University of Florida and trained for competitions in the U.S. However, he was swimming under the colors of Spain. Why? His father is a citizen of Spain, and so Martin is too. At the Olympics, he chose to represent his father’s nation, to which he felt greater allegiance. Christians, too, have dual citizenship. We are citizens of this world, no matter what nation we live in, and as followers of Christ we are also citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20). We have all the rights and privileges that accompany being a child of God. He is not only our heavenly Father but our King, and our first loyalty must be to His kingdom. (D. C. Egner)
As a nation, we are celebrating our political freedom today. And as believers, we celebrate our spiritual freedom. Our spiritual freedom was purchased by Jesus on the cross. Our spiritual freedom is of even greater importance and value than our earthly freedom. Jesus said in John 8:38, “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Who of your friends and family has paid the ultimate price in service to our country? How is what Jesus did for us similar and different from the sacrifice our service members make?
Praise Jesus for the ultimate price He paid for your sins. Pray for people in our nation who don’t have spiritual freedom in Christ to hear the gospel.